Monday, July 15, 2019

Day 196 of 2019

Our tickets arrived today. 
It's hard to believe it's really almost football season again.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Day 195 of 2019

There is a new exhibit at The Children's Museum called Ancient Greece.  
There are so many beautiful objects to see 
and most of them remind me of quilts or quilting.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Friday, July 12, 2019

Day 193 of 2019

When I go to Symphony on the Prairie
 I expect to see musicians, people, picnics and much more. 
The last thing I expected to see tonight was the Vince Lombardi Trophy 
for the Colts 2007 Super Bowl win, but there it was, the real deal.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Day 192 of 2019

It's hard to believe that just a few weeks ago that the ground was so squishy
 from being so saturated we could hardly walk in the yard.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Day 191 of 2019

Fireball and I spent the day with GB#2 and GB#4 and their parents 
at a hands-on science and technology center. 
It is the best kind of place in which the kids think they are playing 
but the adults know they are actually learning.  
Of course, the adults played and had fun too.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Day 190 of 2019

Now this is a first. 
This turkey vulture was spied by Fireball across the street. 
I have always thought they were the creepiest birds I have ever seen, 
but I read this little piece about them
 and figure I should probably change my perception of them.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Day 189 of 2019

On at least three occasions today I spied momma birds feeding their little ones. 
After I finished my deck cleaning for the day, 
I sat down at a safe distance with my camera to catch some of that sweet mothering. 
As you have no doubt guessed by now, 
the only birds to come to the feeder while I had my camera were individuals.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Day 188 of 2019

Here is the second set of blocks I found when we traveled north a couple weeks ago. 
Again, there are forty-two blocks. 
The variety of fabrics is fabulous. 
I have one more quilt top to show you that I got at the new-to-me stop, 
but it will have to wait until I figure out the best way to photograph it. 
It has issues. 
You'll understand when you see it.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Day 185 of 2019

I love the look when cut. 
I'm not a fan when they are on my plate.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Day 184 of 2019

Fireball and I took a little trip out of town on Sunday. 
On the way home we stopped at a new-to-me antique mall. 
I was delighted to find a few old Barbie clothing patterns and brought this one home. 
There are ten outfits in total in this pattern 
but it was the red coat that caught my eye and convinced me 
that this was the one I needed.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Day 183 of 2019

The day lilies, which are lovely this year, are upstaging my porch furniture 
which needs refreshing. 
Paint chips are displayed so I can see the colors in all the lights of the day.  
I can't wait to see them in the morning.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Day 182 of 2019

We've finally hit the 90s. 
During outdoor activity, frequent breaks are encouraged.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Day 181 of 2019

Great Grandpa H and Grandma Boo.
(Fireball's parents)
Who is really doing the supporting here? 
One can't really be sure.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Day 180 of 2019

Fireball is lightening the load before we remove this large limb 
which has fallen on our house.  
The removal went well and all humans and structures remain unharmed.

Thank you to "Ellen in Oregon" for her reply on yesterday's post. I researched the Prairie Queen block and came up with this article which shows many ways to color and piece this pattern all starting with the exact uncolored drafting (line drawing) of this block. It even shows a red, white and blue version and a red and white version that are both exactly like my blocks.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Day 179 of 2019

As promised, here is one set of quilt blocks I bought earlier this week. 
Actually this is one third of the blocks. 
There are forty-two in total, but this is quite representative of the lot. 
Oh, and if anyone can tell me what this block is called, 
it would be greatly appreciated. 
It is set up on a 3x3 grid (9-patch) and looks like a churn dash block 
except with four-patches where the bars usually are. 
I was going to look it up but have misplaced my block book 
and had no luck on the internet. 
Thanks in advance.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Day 178 of 2019

While we were up north the last couple days, 
I rescued one quilt top and two sets of quilt blocks. 
The top is made up of Rolling Stone blocks and is in pretty good condition. 
It has some yellowing and a few spots, 
but nothing one wouldn't expect for something this age. 
I'll show you the blocks tomorrow either here or over on More Curiously.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Day 177 of 2019

Mom's stone was finally set last month as it is something that must wait 
until the ground thaws from the winter weather. 
Fireball and I drove up to visit. 
We brought flowers.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Day 174 of 2019

I swapped my long-sleeved shirts for my short-sleeved and sleeveless ones. 
It is clear that they are mostly black, white or navy.
To be fair, my t-shirts and cardigans have a bit more color in them, 
but this seems to be what I gravitate toward.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Day 173 of 2019

GB#3 loves trains. 
Today he took a train ride and enjoyed all things train.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Day 172 of 2019

A mini flood in our workshop started an impromptu treasure hunt. 
Among the things we found as we moved out all the things in the way 
of finding the source of the water 
were the Little Tykes houses and all the accessories. 
I spent much of the afternoon with a bucket full of soapy bleach water. 
As a bonus, part of the deck got a good cleaning too.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Day 171 of 2019

Thanks to some car knitting, all the parts are done for the baby bunny
Time to stitch, stuff and assemble.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Day 170 of 2019

 Without the crew setting it up and tearing it down, there would be no show.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Day 169 of 2019

My class today was so jam packed with information and activity
 that I forgot to take any pictures. 
My Little Lady loved the special care she got, 
and I found that one of her parts was bent and not working properly. 
Equipped with a new bobbin case tension spring and tension dial recalibration, 
Little Lady is stitching a fine stitch.

Shown:  Bent bobbin case tension spring on old soft towel 
covered with dirty grease and oil, soiled in the cleaning process

Monday, June 17, 2019

Day 168 of 2019

I'm all packed for an all day class tomorrow. 
I just have to remember my lunch.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Day 167 of 2019

I could not have asked for a better Dad for our kids or Grandpa for theirs.
Happy Father's Day, Fireball.

Pictured:  A needed cool treat on a hot afternoon at the art fair
Not pictured:  The most awesome wet sponge ball fight. 
We ran and threw and laughed so hard. 
We all got so wet. 
I'm not sure I am going to be able to move in the morning. 
I can't wait to do it again.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Day 165 of 2019

Since it is Flag Day, 
I thought it would be appropriate to show you my Stars and Stripes quilt top
 which I thought I had shared here before but evidently had not.  
I made the top in June of 2016. 
Yes, it's still a top.  Time to get quilting, I guess.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Day 164 of 2019

It's a tiny zippered pouch called a Bitsy Box 
which I made as a birthday gift for a friend. 
I'll definitely be making more of these.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Day 163 of 2019

"Fun at Grandma's House" 

I have made the next Pinterest idea for fun with the grandkids
 and most likely the kids of all ages, if you know what I mean. 
These are meant to be used in place of water balloons. 
Keep in a bucket of water and fire away.
I can't wait to try them out...
after I make about twenty more.
Here's how I did it. 
After I cut two sponges into one half inch strips, 
I alternated them and placed a rubber band around them.  

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Day 162 of 2019

I have a Pinterest board called "Fun at Grandma's House."
I had a visitor today (GB#3) and decided to try out one of my pins. 
I figured what's the use of having things saved on Pinterest to do
 if you never do them. 
So today I made Sidewalk Chalk Paint.  
It worked pretty well and was fun to experiment with.  
When R came to pick up GB#3, she joined in. 
As I was looking at my pictures to choose one for the Picture of the Day, 
I noticed I spelled Bermuda wrong. 
I feel rather silly.  
If you know me, you know that this is not ok with me. 
I mean, I even proofread my texts before sending. 
I'll try to fix it tomorrow if there hasn't been any rain to wash it away. 
The next Pinterest project has been selected.  
It's going to be great fun!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Day 159 of 2019

I planted the pots in the back with Snapdragons, a family favorite. 
They are supposed to be a rabbit resistant flower. 
If you remember last year, the rabbit completely cleaned out my flower pots. 
If this works, I'll need to make a note to myself.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Day 155 of 2019

I rarely use these clips as I prefer pins, 
but prepping this project needed more pins than I own
 so I compromised and used them both.  
When I do use the clips, I tend to clip them upside down. 
They seem easier to use that way.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Day 154 of 2019

Some of the plants I dug up when Mom moved last June are blooming
 despite the fact that I never got them out of the temporary pot and into the ground. 
As far as I can tell they are a variety of wild geranium.
I like that I have these to remind me of her as she was great with plants 
and I am not always so great. 
I will enjoy them as long as I can keep them alive. 
I think the fact that they are blooming is a positive sign.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Day 152 of 2019

Fireball and I got away for the day. 
We took the back roads and took our time. 
The flowers on our lunch table were looking a little puny 
so I convinced our table mates to swap them for the ones on the next table. 
It was a sneaky move but I don't regret it. 
Aren't they lovely?

Friday, May 31, 2019

Day 151 of 2019

This was my tool of choice today. 
I like the heat hot and the steam high.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Day 150 of 2019

I've picked coordinating fabrics. 
I am one step closer to actually sewing something.  
Can you guess what I'm making?

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Day 148 of 2019

I couldn't find anything to bring with me to my quilting meeting tonight 
so I grabbed this little kit that came with one of my regular magazines.  
Then I almost forgot to take a picture today 
so I have taken a shot of my progress on above mentioned kit project.